Indian law expert to present USD Dillon Lecture April 11 Rebecca Tsosie (Pasqua, Yaqui), professor of law and executive director of the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University, will present the Charles Hall Dillon Lecture in Law and Political Science during the Seventh Biennial Indian Law Symposium at The University of South Dakota School of Law.
Tsosie's keynote address will focus on Native Nations and the Politics of Environmental Restoration: Intercultural Notions of Value, Sustainability and Justice.
Tsosie and the Dillon Lecture will be introduced at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, by Barry R. Vickrey, dean of USD School of Law, in Farber Hall of Old Main on the USD campus.
Tsosie teaches in the areas of Indian law and property and is the author of several articles dealing with cultural resources, environmental policy, and cultural pluralism. She is a lawyer admitted to practice in Arizona and California and is the recipient of the American Bar Association's 2002 Spirit of Excellence Award.
Tsosie also serves as a Supreme Court Justice for Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and was appointed as the Lincoln Professor of Native American Law and Ethics in 2001. She joined the faculty of the ASU College of Law in 1993, after practicing with the law firm of Brown & Bain.
Tsosie graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1990 and clerked for then Vice-Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman before joining the law firm.
The University of South Dakota School of Law Seventh Biennial Indian Law Symposium, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, is titled Indian Law, Culture & the Environment: A New Dialogue for a New Century.
This year's symposium will again feature presentations by nationally known scholars and panel discussions on various topics and issues.
The bulk of symposium events and activities will take place in the courtroom of the USD School of Law, which is celebrating its centennial academic year. The law school has invited speakers and guests from across the United States to participate and the public is also invited to attend.
Topics for discussion by panels during the symposium include: Tribal People & Environmentalists: Friends or Foes?; Natural Resources, Reservation Economies & the Environment: Global Issues Facing Native Communities; Missouri River Dialogue: Tribal & Conservationist Perspectives; Lewis & Clark & the Indian Tribes: Retelling the Historical Encounter; Revitalizing Economics, Preserving Cultures & Protecting the Environment: Striking the Balance in South Dakota Indian Country; Literature, Storytelling & the Environment: Enriching the Dialogue; and Environmental Justice & the Sacred Black Hills: Healing the Wounds of History.
Among panelists and invited guests for this year's Indian Law Symposium are: Susan Williams (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), a nationally-recognized attorney in the area of water law; Alex White Plume (Oglala Lakota), Pine Ridge Hemp Project; Edward Valandra (Sicangu Lakota), assistant professor, ethnic studies, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN; Dean Suagee (Cherokee) professor of law, Vermont Law School; Wilmer Stampede Mesteth (Oglala Lakota); Sandra Zellmer, associate professor, environmental law, Indian law, water law, natural resources and property, University of Toledo College of Law and a USD Alum; Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota), author of The Lakota Way, 2001; Tyler Sutton, executive director, Conservation Alliance of the Great Plains; Charlotte Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Lakota oral tradition; Elaine Quiver (Sicangu Lakota), Grey Eagle Society; Gene Thin Elk (Sicangu Lakota), spiritual, cultural advisor and counselor at USD; Jerome Kills Small (Oglala Lakota), Lakota culture and language instructor at USD; Mario Gonzales (Oglala Lakota), attorney, Mni Wiconi Project; Faith Spotted Eagle (Ihanktonwan Dakota), White Swan Project; Wayne Evans (Sicangu Lakota), professor, American Indian Studies at USD; Albert White Hat (Sicangu Lakota), instructor, Sinte Gleska University; and Gerard Baker (Mandan Hidatsa), superintendent, Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, National Park Service. Other panelists include USD School of Law host Frank Pommersheim, an author, member of several tribal courts across the United States, and professor of Indian law, Indian jurisdiction, education and the law, and criminal law.
John LaVelle (Santee Dakota), associate professor, Indian jurisdiction, torts and administrative law will also be featured. Assisting in coordinating symposium preparations is Rain Archambeau (Ihanktonwan Sisseton), a second-year law student at USD.